Better The Devil You Know, Than The Devil You Don't

When it comes to problems and challenges in our lifetime, many of us can feel that urge to put our head in the sand and hope it goes away. Perhaps you’re being bullied at work, or you are having trouble with a relative, or perhaps your child has taken ill.

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These things can be debilitating, and while there are excellent steps to push you forward to the best resolution or necessity of care, doing so can feel overwhelming. And yet, it’s important to hold onto hope and keep yourself looking forward to a more positive future. We often think this is something that happens automatically, but no, it takes real discipline and effort to do this, no matter how beneficial the results are.

To that end, it can be a worthwhile venture should someone offer you advice in this manner. On top of that, it’s best to keep yourself as aware as possible when moving forward to a better solution. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t after all. Here’s what that might look like in practice:

Informing Yourself

Inform yourself regarding the issues you face. This is the best way to help you put them in their proper place, to feel the most informed, and also to know what your options are. For example, you might think you know what cancer is. You may have had relatives struggle with it in the past, and so you know the symptoms intimately. But what is cancer? What could you learn about it? How can you learn about the different types of cancer that might be affecting you or another, or even your pet? Even if the options or solutions do not change, knowing what something is and how it affects you can avoid you making the worst monster out of it. This can also help you begin to make your peace with it as you search for help making it through.

Keeping Your Options Open

When experiencing a difficult, keeping your options open is an important measure to take. Never think that you know too much in order for you to follow a certain solution. For example, there are many very depressed people out there who do not wish to take medication due to how they feel it might harm their brain in the long run, and yet if they are hanging by a threat with that illness, they might not have the luxury of deciding to reject the help they get. When you keep your options open, you also keep your mind open, too.

Staying True To Yourself

When you learn the most about something affecting you, you can stay true to yourself in the best possible sense. You will be much more likely to stay positive and to make the decisions that you are comfortable with, rather than those out of fear, worry, shame or anger.

With this advice, you’re certain to find more comfort in the devil you know than the devil you don’t. But more importantly, you will have a better self-maintaining attitude about all of this.

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Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife. Debra Diamond

Anytime we come upon one who deals with the topic of death on a consistent basis, we wonder how they do it.  What do they hear and learn?  What's it like?

Now, we have Diary of a Death Doula.  We learn how this volunteer functions amongst other end-of-life persons.  There's not a lot to do.  Yet, they question their efficacy.

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Diary...is well-organized.  It is divided into four parts;

1.  Cultural Beliefs
2.  Dr. Diamond's background
3.  Individual cases
4.  Consciousness examined.

Dr. Diamond reverberates with correctness, honor and dignity.  We can become less anxiety ridden, the more we know.  Our culture and the norms that reside within are very different from the times of ancient history.

Change that.

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A new way to envision death and dying is available to everyone.

Even if they appear unresponsive, patients are aware of what's going on at end of life.


Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: O-Books (October 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1789041848
ISBN-13: 978-1789041842
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author:

Debra Diamond, Ph.D. is a psychic/medium, author and death doula. A former Wall Street money manager, CNBC commentator and Johns Hopkins University professor, life took a turn in 2008 when a transformational experience left Debra with unconventional powers as a clairvoyant. She has a Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary, an MBA from The George Washington University. Debra lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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4 Non-Pharmaceutical Ways To Boost Your Health

In our society, we are so used to popping a pill every time we have a health problem. Of course, for some issues such as bacterial infections, this works great. However, for others seeking a pharmacological solution may not be the most effective choice. In fact, it can even leave you with more problems than you started with as many drugs have nasty side effects. Happily, there are some non-pharmaceutical methods of health optimization you can try. Read on to find out what some of the best ones are.

Lifestyle Change

One of the most straightforward methods you can use to boost your health is to change the way that you live. In fact, many of the difficulties that we suffer from can be caused by, or at least magnified by bad habits and poor lifestyle choices.

What that means is habits such as smoking, and excessive drinking are out. Oh, and eating a healthier diet can not only help you feel more energized but also assist in weight loss. Something that means your heart, muscles, and joints are all under a lot less stress, and so can boost health in a myriad of ways.

Acupuncture

Next, when it comes to boosting health without the use of Pharmaceuticals, why not consider using the wisdom that has long been known to cultures in the East? Of course, I'm talking here about acupuncture, a treatment system that uses the application of needles to pressure points in the body to better allow the flow of energy.

In fact, there are so many conditions that acupuncture can be used for including mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Some people even believe its effective in boosting fertility and combating addiction as well. All of which, depending on your problems could help improve your health no end.

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Therapy

When we think of therapy of psychological interventions, we tend to conjure a picture of a couch and impassioned therapist prompting responses from a patient. Of course, therapy in the modern era is rarely like this.

In fact, what is most common now are approaches from what is known as a third way of therapy. Methods that often include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and all of the treatments based on this.

Of course, by using CBT to change the way we think about our thoughts, and the way that we react to them, we can improve our mental and physical health a great deal. In fact, such therapies are so effective that they can help those with long term chronic psychological conditions such as schizophrenia live long, fulfilling, and healthy lives.

Herbal Remedies

Finally, if you are looking to boost your health without the aid of traditional medication, exploring the option of herbal treatments may be for you.


In fact, those using herbal remedies also find they don't experience the side effects that pharmaceuticals are known for. Something that therefore helps them to boost their health by alleviating the original issues, and by making sure another problem is not created in its place.

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How To Get The Most Out Of a Vacation To Colombia

With the images of sandy beaches and colonial towns that Colombia conjures in the mind, it is easy to see why it is becoming such a popular vacation destination. Of course, some folks still worry that it is not as safe as another choice. However, by sticking to the guidance below, you can safely get the most out of a vacation to this fantastic South American Country. Read on to find out more.

Do plan your trip carefully before you leave.

Just like many other South American countries such as Brazil and Peru, there are places in Colombia where it is not wise for tourists to travel to. Happily, with a little reach before your trip, you can identify these easily and book your vacation well clear of them, in many of the other fantastic locations on offer.

Once you have decided on a location, you will want to plan the sites you will visit. In fact, folks staying close to Rodadero will likely want to devote some vacation time to visit the spectacular Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. A place where coastal lagoons and palm-lined beaches are home to a myriad of flora and fauna. While those choosing the resort of Playa Spratt Bight will want to make time to experience the delights of San André's - first hand.



Don't make yourself a target. 

Safety can be an issue in some of the larger cities in Colombia like Bogata and Cartagena.



Of course, there is much you can do to minimize any risk, such as not going out alone at night. Also, in particular, be sure not to make yourself more of a target. Try not to look like the quintessential tourist with maps and cameras dangling about your person.  It's a good idea.

Additionally, keep your valuables and cash in a hidden money belt, as there are many pickpockets active in these areas.

Do consider an organized tour.

You can also get the most from any vacations in Colombia by booking yourself a space on an organized tour. This will allow you to get the benefit of being guided around the best sites by experts.

Such tours will also enable you to travel around the country rather than staying in just a single place. Something that can really help quench that wanderlust, and allow you to fit the most in during your vacation.

Don't forget to get your jabs before you leave. 

Lastly, when it comes to getting the most out of your vacation to Colombia, do not forget to get the appropriate immunizations before you leave. After all, you won't get to see much at all if you are stuck in your hotel room sick.


You'll be pleased to note that you can drink the water straight from the tap though. Although many vacationers do take diarrhea medicine with them, just in case the food is a little spicier than they expected!

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